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AHIMA CEO talks ICD-10 transition, information governance

NEW ORLEANS -- As health information managers gathered on the eve of the ICD-10 transition at the 2015 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit, AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon looked to the future.

In this video recorded at the annual conference of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Gordon expanded on some key health information management themes she talked about in a keynote to the AHIMA audience: information governance, health intelligence and total technology.

Gordon said health information will become true health intelligence when health data collected in providers' systems is more fully trusted and health analytics and informatics better drive care quality improvement.

At the same time, Gordon's vision of "total technology" is of a healthcare tech world in which standards are in place, paper records are things of the past, and information governance is controlling the "tsunami" of health data and helping providers decide what information is really valuable.

Gordon also talked about health information as a "strategic asset," and how AHIMA's mission is to lead efforts to protect the integrity of that information.

And with the ICD-10 transition approaching (it was implemented across the U.S. on Oct. 1, the day after the AHIMA event closed) after being postponed two years in a row, Gordon was amused when asked if she expects ICD-11 anytime soon.

She noted the World Health Organization is already holding meetings on the next-generation medical coding system.

"Let's just hope it doesn't take as long to adopt as it did ICD-10," Gordon said.

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